Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Help Improve Naked Snacks!

Naked Snacks, the Vancouver based subscription service that sends wholesome snacks to your door, is working to answer the call of their customers by adding several new features to the service. In order to give them the boost required to implement the changes, Naked Snacks is launching a Kickstarter campaign.
We're raising funds so we can bring you the ultimate in healthy and delicious snacking. Since launching in December 2014 our wonderful customers have asked time and again for 3 things:
  • Snack self-selection instead of our Chef curating the order 
  • We want more! More product varieties to choose from than the 20+ online 
  • New products must include nut free, gluten free and vegan snacks for those with dietary preferences.
The goal is to raise $10,000 through this crowdfunding campaign. The money will be used for updating the website to enable personalized snack selection, developing new products, and securing space to carry the new products.

As always, there are perks for helping the cause. With a donation of $25, you will get one Naked Snacks box, which includes five 130g bags. Shipping is included within Canada. The regular price for a Naked Snacks box is $27.95 per month. A donation of $70 gets you a 3-month subscription, which is a savings of $7.85 off the regular price. Check the campaign page to see all the reward levels. All rewards will ship in November 2015.

Click here to check out the Naked Snacks Kickstarter campaign.

Click here to check out Naked Snacks.

Click here to read my past Naked Snacks review and learn more about the service.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

GlobeIn Artisan Box - October Theme + Spoiler + PROMO CODE!

This post contains affiliate links.
What is it? GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box
How Much? $35/month, $99/3months, $180/6months + $12 shipping per box (US$)
What’s in it? A themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world  

Each month, GlobeIn delivers “the globe in a box” - a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. GlobeIn introduces you to products that you can feel good about - they are often organic, fair-trade, and support artisans and farmers from around the world. 

The theme for October is Cozy! 
It’s no surprise that the word cozy comes to us from Northern Europe where the winters are long and dark. Coziness is in all the ways the opposing warmth, whether it be soft fabrics, warm lit rooms, hot drinks that tingle down the throat, gatherings with family and friends, or indulging in something sweet before bed.

No matter where you live, fall is a time of year when the light deepens and we all crave to curl up into the season. Your October basket covers the whole constellation of cozy...
I will be away this month, so I won't be able to review the October box. Instead, I'm sharing a product spoiler so you can see one of the items shipping this month. 

Included in every October box will be a beautiful hand-painted Le Souk Ceramique mug from Tunisia. This mug is valued at $15US.

This is no ordinary mug: much bigger in size than mass-produced pieces and lovingly covered by intricate Tunisian designs, it has potential to become much more than your go-to hot drink vessel! Display it as your kitchen's art statement or add a small flower and use it as a mini vase.

This box is still available for purchase, while supplies last. First time subscribers can save $20 off the purchase of a 3 or 6 month subscription. Just enter promo code BESTFRIEND at checkout. 

Click here to see all my GlobeIn reviews.

Click here to check out GlobeIn.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Yarn Crush Review - September 2015 - Canadian Knitting Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Yarn Crush
How Much? $32.99/month or $34.99/bi-monthly, + tax & $8.50 shipping   (US$)
What’s in it? At least 1 full-sized skein of yarn, pattern for a small to medium knitting project, notions to complete the project, and a fun bonus gift!  

Yarn Crush is a new subscription box for knitters, based in Pickering Ontario. August is their inaugural box. Each month you’ll receive at least one or two full-sized skeins of yarn, along with a beautiful knitting pattern, designed by Yarn Crush. You will also receive fun or useful extras. The retail value of what you receive every month is always guaranteed to be higher than the subscription price, so no matter what, you'll always get a great deal!
The graphic design work on the inserts this month is great. I love the bright and fun feather motif. All the cards are professionally printed on quality card stock. With all the custom design work and printing, Yarn Crush gets high points for presentation.

Yarn Crush includes high-quality, beautiful yarns from indie dyers, small businesses, and also well-known yarn brands. Along with the pattern included in the box, Yarn Crush also sources other patterns, for knitting and crocheting, that will work perfectly with the month's yarn selection and posts them on the Yarn Crush blog. While the box is aimed at knitters, crocheters can also benefit from Yarn Crush.

The pattern for September is called Tail Feathers and it's for a pair of mid-calf socks. For non-subscribers, ou can find it for purchase on Ravelry (value $5.99). Subscribers will receive an e-mail with a promo code for a free download, plus a PDF version for non-Ravelry members. My mom is a Ravelry member, so she was able to download the pattern and add it to her collection.
Tail Feathers is a pretty yet practical sock that combines narrow cables with a simple feathery lace pattern reminiscent of the plumage and tail feathers of a peacock.
Violette Yarn Co. True North Strong Sock Weight Yarn ($20)
This is a Yarn Crush exclusive, developed by Violette Yarn Co. to pair perfectly with this month's peacock-inspired knitting pattern. It's a blend of 80% Leicester wool and 20% nylon. It's a strong blend that's easy to care for and ideal for socks. The blue/green colour is very vibrant!

Self-Measuring Tape ($8.99)
This is an accessory added in to accurately measure yourself for a flawless fit.

Yarn Crush Pocket Mirror ($2.99)
At first I thought this was a button or magnet. A mirror is much more useful and is perfect for the purse.

Soak Laundry Detergent - Minisoak Assorted Travel Pack ($11)
Soak is modern care for the laundry you love. It's perfect for dedicates, especially knits. This pack includes eight 5ml sample packs in Yuzu, Fig, Celebration, and Lacey. Perfect for travel!

Heel Foot Cream Sample
Heel is nourishing care for feet worth of hand-knit socks. It's wonderfully scented and non-greasy. 

The September Yarn Crush box included the pattern and yarn necessary to complete a pair of socks, plus four great extras. The retail value of this box is $48.97US. The box costs $32.99US plus shipping, or less if you get a longer term subscription. It's a great project this month. I love the yarn and it actually is reminiscent of a peacock! Even better than the yarn are all the extras included this month. The measuring tape will come in handy for my mom. Not only does she knit, but she also quilts and sews little dresses and outfits for my nieces. The Soak travel pack is a great addition and will also come in handy for travel and dedicates.

The last two Yarn Crush boxes have been so great that I really wish I knew how to knit. I've tried a couple times before and failed miserably. This box is making me want to try again! 

Click here to check out Yarn Crush.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Griller's Paradise Review - September 2015 - Canadian Gourmet Food Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Griller's Paradise
How Much? $39.95 per month with free shipping (CDN$)
What’s in it? An assortment of 4-6 full size grilling spices, rubs, sauces, accessories

The Griller's Monthly Gift Box includes products to enhance your grilling experience. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Griller's Paradise sources the best quality products from far and wide and packs them into a box for you to enjoy. Your monthly box will include an assortment of products which may include spices, salts, sauces, rubs, marinades, or grilling accessories. The monthly box is $39.95 per month, with shipping included. You can save by purchasing a 3 or 6 month subscription. There is also an online storefront to purchase your favourite items.

The theme for September is "Mostly Maple" and includes an assortment of maple flavoured grilling products.

Farmer John's Maple Herb Seafood Rub (10g packet, $3.95)
This blend contains maple sugar, herbs, and spices. It would be great with salmon.

The Epicentre True North (By Southwest) Spice Rub (55g, $7.95)
This one contains chipotle, cayenne, paprika, ancho chiles, Southwestern herbs, and spices, all mellowed out with the addition of real maple sugar. They say it's a good rub for meat, poultry, and seafood, and will also add rich flavour to bean dishes, salsa, and vegetables.

This is a 4-pack gift box that includes full size jars of Maple Pepper spice blends. Each blend is made with real maple syrup and pepper. They can be used in cooking, or at the table. Includes four Maple Pepper spice blends - Original, Mild Curry, Chipotle, and Garlic.

They included a stack of recipe cards to go along with these spice blends. Some of the recipes are very creative like Maple Pepper Chipotle Mexicorn Dip, which uses the Maple Pepper Chipotle Spice Blend.

Cast Iron Mouse Napkin Weight ($4.99)
This is a cute little cast iron paper weight that will hold down your napkins when dining al fresco. It's nice that they included something different.

The September Griller's Paradise includes 7 full size products with a retail value at $46.84 CDN. The maple theme is great for the fall. I'm excited to try the Maple Pepper seasonings. The original one would probably be a great complement to grilled pork tenderloin.

If you are interested in trying Griller's Paradise, they created an exclusive promo code for Canadian Box Addict readers. Just enter promo code CDN2015 to save $4.95 off your first box. This brings the box cost to $35, with free shipping.

Click here to check out Griller's Paradise.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Project Candy Box Review - September 2015 - Canadian Candy Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Project Candy Box
How much? $23/month plus tax and $7 shipping (Canada wide)
What's in it? At surprise assortment of at least 10 different candy items

Project Candy Box is a Canadian candy subscription service that sends a monthly box of sweets from around the world. Each month you will receive an assortment of different candies and treats, tied together with a theme. I first posted about Project Candy Box back in September 2014 when they launched on Kickstarter.  A year later, and they are going strong! Read my previous review here.

Every month will be a different experience and a fun, new way to sample new treats. From sweet to sour, gummy to chocolate, old to new and near to far, our candy combinations have been carefully crafted to wow your taste buds.  
There is no product card included. Instead the product details can be found online. Just scan the QR code on the enclosed card, or enter the link in your browser (or click here). Unfortunately it looks like the product info page hasn't been updated since July, so I'm going to wing it with my review. 

First look! I'm going to guess that it's a Back to School theme for September.

Strawberry Dream Bites ($1.17)
This is a full size box of bite size strawberry shortcake pieces in creamy coating. They are small round balls, not like the bars pictured on the box. They tasted kind of funny and artificial... and it's no wonder. The tiny print on the front of the box says "does not contain strawberries". 

Magic Colors Bubble Gum Crayons  ($1.25)
Juicy sticks of bubble gum clad in colourful crayon wrappers. There's even a sticker in the box! 

Asian Jawbreaker?
I'm not sure what these are. They're hard sugar, sugar coated and tasty. I tried the blue one and it kind of tasted like apple. The rwriting on the package looks Korean but I'm not certain.

Mini Grape Candy
This fun jar of candies is from Japan. The little round candies are flavoured like grapes, oranges, and apples. 

Dunkaroos with Chocolate Frosting ($0.48)
I remember this being so much better as a kid. The chocolate frosting was thick and artificial tasting and the cookies were hard and dry.

Skittles Desserts Flavors ($1)
Any Skittles are good Skittles. Except for those sour ones. I hate those. Dessert Skittles features key lime pie, raspberry sorbet, blueberry tart, strawberry milkshake, and orange creme. 

Applehead Apple Candy ($0.45)
These are made by the same company that created Lemonheads in the 1960's. They're sweet and sour at the same time.  

Despicable Me Minion Swirly Pop ($2)
This giant lolly pop is very cute. My niece will love it.  

e.frutti Gummi Candy Lunch Bag $1.50)
This bag contains six individually wrapped e.frutti gummy candies. There's pizza, hotdog, burger (2), fries, and cola. 

Millions ($1.95)
Millions are from the UK. They are "tiny tasty chewy sweets". 

Espeez Tie Dye Cube Pop ($0.30)
This is just a square lollipop with fun bright colours. 

The September Project Candy Box included 11 different products (14 pieces total). I couldn't find a few products online so I didn't do a proper valuation on this box. The wholesale pricing I found only totals about $10. Factoring in retail pricing, the value of this box is still quite low. The Back to School theme is great and may of the products fit theme very well. I enjoyed the Skittles and the e.frutti gummies the best!

If you would like to try Project Candy Box, you can save 10% off your first box by using promo code
CBACANDY10 at checkout.

Click here to check out Project Candy Box.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Little Life Box Review - September 2015 - Canadian Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Little Life Box
How Much? $19.99 CDN per month plus $3.95 shipping. Tax extra. Save on 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions.
What’s in it? Up to a dozen organic, natural, health conscious samples.
Little Life Box is a Canadian subscription service that sends a box full of healthy and sustainable products for you to sample and discover. Products may include snacks, cosmetics, supplements, vitamins, and more. Items included in the box vary each month, and Little Life Box guarantees that you will never receive the exact same product sample twice. A vegan option is available for purchase as well.

Click here to see all my Little Life Box reviews.

There is no product card included. Instead you can find more information about your products online at the Little Life Shop or in the Products section. 

Sunbutter Sunflower Spread (2 Tbsp. x 2, $0.82) 
I LOVE Sunbutter. I received smaller packets in a box months ago, then promptly went out and bought a full size jar. It's nutty and creamy, just like peanut butter. They a no-stir creamy variety and a crunchy variety. Both are available from

Mori-Nu Silken Tofu (12oz, $2.99)
This is soft tofu for use in smoothies, dips and sauces.

Grandma Emily Original Granola (40g x 2, $1.73)
I've been adding granola to yogurt for quick and healthy breakfasts. This is a blend of oats, nuts, and coconuts. It's lightly sweetened with agave nectar. 

Fourmi Bionique Gourmet Melange (60g, $2.70)
This was the spoiler product for September. Every box was to include a bag of this fruit and nut mix. This blend is called Exciting and contains cranberries, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, roasted almonds, and bittersweet chocolate.

Bach Rescue Night Melta (28 Capsules, $10.49)
This is a homeopathic sleep aid made from flower essences, including White Chestnut. The leaflet says "White Chestnut has traditionally been used to help switch off the mind from unwanted, repetitive thoughts" and combined with the RESCUE formula, helps you enjoy a natural sleep. Find this and more Bach products from

Sisu U-Cubes Kids Multivitamin Gummies (2 pack x 2, $0.82)
I know these are kids vitamins, but I might get some for myself They look and taste like candy so I can satisfy my sweet tooth while getting my daily vitamin boost. They're pectin based and sweetened with sugarcane juice and tapioca syrup. Sisu vitamins are also available at

Land Art ChlOralfa All Natural Mouth Wash (20ml sample, $0.47)
This is an all-natural mouth wash that uses the deodorizing properties of chlorophyll with the added effects of essential oils. It's a one time use sample, but a full size can also be bought from

I Love... Raspberry & Blackberry Bubble Bath (30ml sample, $0.60)
This stuff smells great. It's available in-store exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. It's soap free, paraben free, and pH balanced.

LaraBar Uber Dark Chocolate Pecan with Sea Salt (1 bar, $2.83)
I'm a fan of LaraBars, especially when they come with chocolate! This is another product you can find at

Theobroma Chocolat Dark 72% Cocoa (10g mini, $0.78)
This is great chocolate. I've tried it a couple times before. They minis are sold in a box of 75 and the website says "with this 75-bar box, you’ll look forward to coffee breaks more than ever". I have no self control when it comes to chocolate so a 75-bar box wouldn't last a week at my house!

Planima Hazelnut Cacao + Maca Sprouted Vitality Bar ($3.50)
This is a Canadian company. The bar combines hazelnut butter with Peruvian cacao. It's filled with nuts, seeds, raw cacao nibs, and maca root for an energizing boost. There's no artificial ingredients or additives.

Stash Premium Green Tea and Stash Cascade Mint Tea (2 bags, $0.48)
These are basic flavours that will be added to my tea stash (hehe). These ones are organic, but there is a a huge variety of Stash teas are available from (organic and regular) and they are all currently on sale. There's some great sounding seasonal teas that I really want to try - Maple Apple Cider Herbal Tea, Salted Caramel Mate Herbal & Black Tea, White Chocolate Mocha Black Tea, Chocolate Hazelnut Decaf Tea, Red Velvet Herbal Tea... oh my goodness, there are so many!

The September Little Life Box contained 12 products (16 items total), with an estimated value just under $29 CDN. It's a lower value this month. I would have liked to see at least one more full size product. I do like the product variety though. There's treats, snacks, supplements, beauty, and wellness. One of the great things about Little Life Box is that so many of the products featured are sold at local health food stores, or online at, so when I discover something I love and want more, it's easy to find.

If you are interested in ordering a one month trial box to see what Little Life Box has to offer (rather than committing to a month-to-month recurring subscription), you can use promo code jill20 to get 20% off the cost of a trial box. This brings the cost down to $21.55 plus tax, including shipping.

Click here to check out Little Life Box.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Foodie Pages Tasting Box Review - September 2015 - Canadian Gourmet Food Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review and this page contains referral links.
What is it? Foodie Pages Tasting Box
How much? $14.95 one time purchase, plus shipping
What's in it? 5-6 crumptious tastes from some of Canada's top food makers

Each month Foodie Pages curates a Tasting Box featuring products from small, independent Canadian food producers. This used to be a monthly subscription service, but due to increasing demand and a growing wait list, Foodie Pages opted to cancel the subscription model in favour of a single purchase model. At the start of each month Foodie Pages publishes the contents of the Tasting Box, then you can chose if you'd like to order it or not. There are only 50 boxes available each month and they often sell out quickly. I last reviewed the Foodie Pages Tasting Box in July of 2014. 

By purchasing the TASTING BOX, you become an official Food Explorer, a select group of Canadians who we invite to help us select delicious new products to sell in the marketplace. You'll be sent an online survey shortly after you receive your box, and by sharing your product ratings, you're helping us build the most delicious foodie marketplace in Canada!
You can see all my past Tasting Box reviews here.

I didn't check the spoilers this month so this box was a complete surprise for me. My fingers and toes were crossed, hoping for something chocolate!

The Newget Kompany (Edmonton, AB) - Xpresso Newget (50g, $3.12)
One of their most popular flavors, Xpresso, is a delightful confection made of the finest white chocolate, roasted almonds, cocoa nibs and espresso flakes.
Nougat is growing on me. It's not a chocolate bar, but this "Xpresso" blend is pretty good.

Art of Raw (Toronto, ON) - Fruit & Nut Bar in Lemony Coconutz (52g bar, $3.95)
Delicious combinations of fruits, nuts, gluten-free oats, healing spices, and super-foods - nutrition powerhouses that are packed with valuable nutrients.
There's a Minity Cacao Truffle flavour too!

Storica (Montreal, QC) - Owl Gingerbread Cookie ($2)
These owl stamped cookies are carefully made by hand, following an artisanal technique from Belgium and the Netherlands. The delicate flavours of ginger, cinnamon, and honey enhance this crisp buttery cookie with a zest of spiciness.
This cookie is beautiful! It's a soft buttery gingerbread cookie that has just the right amount of spice. They also have beautiful Christmas designed cookies in their shop.

Mary Ann Rondinelli (Toronto ON) - Chocolate Pyramids (~$4)
These 'pyramids' are handcrafted using the finest quality of white chocolate and filled with cookies and cream.
These are lovely little white chocolate treats and would make great wedding or shower favours. The colour can be customized to match your decor.

Ultimately Chocolate (Gore Bay, ON) - The Peanut Butter Chocolate TOFFLE™ ($2)
A rich, dark chocolate toffee wrapped around a smooth, peanut butter milk chocolate truffle centre. Made with organic and Fair Trade chocolate and smooth, natural peanut butter.
Toffee, chocole, and peanut butter all in one. I need more.

Green Valley Garlic (Paisley ON) - Fresh Garlic Bulb (~$1.30)
'Music’ is a solid and reliable cultivar that thrives in our seasonal extremes. It has a robust and tangy flavour, and will last (stored in a cool/dry location) throughout the winter.
This was unexpected! An entire bulb of garlic in a box! Store in a cool, dry place and it will last through winter.

The September Foodie Pages Tasting Box contained six products from small Canadian producers. The items have an estimated retail value over $16 CDN. The value is just over the cost paid, however this box isn't about value - it's about the experience of tasting and trying new things. I already know I will be purchasing more Storica cookies. They will make wonderful Christmas gifts. 

If this box interests you, the next edition goes on sale TOMORROW, September 29th, at noon Eastern time (9:00AM Pacific time). There are only 50 boxes available, so if you want want, be sure to check the site tomorrow. You can also sign up for the Foodie Pages Newsletter to get notified of the launch of future Tasting Boxes. 

Click here for the Foodie Pages Tasting Box.